Last week I was incredibly blessed to be able to travel to Florida and spend time with people who I have only had the pleasure of getting to know on-line through a blog group. Even the two women that I “knew” I really didn’t know until this group came to be. It was a gathering of women who were specifically chosen by God, the time was ordained and anointed by the Holy Spirit. You may ask how I know that and I would tell you that this thing had the finger prints of God all over it and we felt the Holy Spirit, all of us did.
I went to this gathering with a lot of selfish motives. I went as a person in need. I went as a pilgrim. I walked away with new understanding, healing, direction, and joy.
We broke bread together, shared a lot of coffee and wine, and embarked upon adventure. Deeper adventure than a trip to the beach or an art gallery, adventure that involved our souls, our hearts.
I left a lot of fear behind me, a lot of it was washed out to sea. There were words spoken into me that the ladies really had no clue were speaking so loudly to my heart and soul. I was blessed to be able to drop some heavy loads and heartbreak. God began a good work on this trip, a good work that I know He will be faithful to finish.
I was blown away by how well this group fit together. We are all so uniquely created and have so many qualities that you wouldn’t think that we could all mesh so well, and yet, when God is in it, it works.
We are all on very specific journeys, side journeys that converge to the main journey. They are all deeply personal, and there are some aspects that could frighten us into immobility and yet all of us left with a lot to ponder, chew on, and process. As I process I hope to share more about what I learned, but some of it may never be shared publicly. Other things will be shared because I know a lot of people who are held in bondage by the rules of man, and not being freed by the grace of God. There were a lot of shackles removed from me.
I knew that this trip was going to be deeply spiritual. I knew it was going to be loads of fun. I had no idea going in what it would mean going forward. Blessing beyond blessing. Getting to know these women in the flesh has completed a picture that I had from getting to know their hearts first. I think that all of us felt that and going forward there will be an even tighter bond with all of us. As I read each of their experiences of this past week I can imagine their laughter while remembering the funny moments, I can see their faces as they think things through. That is something I will treasure. I felt a little melancholy Sunday morning as I drank my coffee alone without the conversation and laughter. Then my family was up and around and I was filled with the excitement of the new beginning.